Avian influenza (bird flu): Latest situation

New housing measures will come into force in England, Scotland and Wales on 14 December.

The Chief Veterinary Officers for England, Scotland and Wales have agreed to bring in new measures to help protect poultry and captive birds, following a number of cases of avian influenza in both wild and captive birds in the UK.

Government Chief Veterinary Officers are encouraging bird keepers to use the next 11 days to prepare for new housing measures, including taking steps to safeguard animal welfare, consult their vet and where necessary put up additional housing.

Whether you keep just a few birds as pets or thousands, from 14 December onwards you will be legally required to keep your birds indoors, or take appropriate steps to keep them separate from wild birds. We have not taken this decision lightly, but it is the best way to protect your birds from this highly infectious disease.

Poultry and captive bird keepers are advised to be vigilant for any signs of disease in their birds and any wild birds, and seek prompt advice from their vet if they have any concerns. They can help prevent avian flu by maintaining good biosecurity on their premises, including:

  • housing or netting all poultry and captive birds
  • cleansing and disinfecting clothing, footwear, equipment and vehicles before and after contact with poultry and captive birds – if practical, use disposable protective clothing
  • reducing the movement of people, vehicles or equipment to and from areas where poultry and captive birds are kept, to minimise contamination from manure, slurry and other products, and using effective vermin control
  • thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting housing at the end of a production cycle
  • keeping fresh disinfectant at the right concentration at all points where people should use it, such as farm entrances and before entering poultry and captive bird housing or enclosures
  • minimising direct and indirect contact between poultry and captive birds and wild birds, including making sure all feed and water is not accessible to wild birds

Register your birds

We encourage all keepers to register their birds with us so we can contact you quickly if there is a disease outbreak in your area and you need to take action.
If you have more than 50 birds, you are legally required to register your flock within one month of their arrival at your premises. If you have less than 50 birds, including pet birds, you are still strongly encouraged to register.

Find out how to register your birds.

Poultry and captive bird keepers and members of the public should report dead wild birds to the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77 (option 7), and keepers should report suspicion of disease to APHA on 03000 200 301. Keepers should familiarise themselves with our avian flu advice.

Public Health England advise the risk to public health from the H5N8 and H5N2 strains of bird flu is very low.

The Food Standards Agency has said that on the basis of the current scientific evidence, avian influenza poses a very low food safety risk for UK consumers. Properly cooked poultry and poultry products, including eggs, are safe to eat.

Defibrillator training by the British Heart Foundation

You are invited to come to a FREE session about how to use defibrillators in the villages and where they are located.

Includes some basics around first aid for an unconscious person.

Georgeham Village Hall from 7:00-9:00pm on Tuesday 10th March.

Phone Barrie on 01271 813816 or e-mail barriebudge@gmail.com to reserve a place

Further courses are:
Kingsacre School Braunton: 7:00-9:00pm 16th March
The Bowling Club: 7:00-9:00pm 12th March
Heanton Church Hall: at the top of the hill 14th of March 10:30-12:30am

Beat heartbreak forever

Beat heartbreak from heart diseases and all circulatory disease

British Heart Foundation 2014 registered charity in England and Wales (225971) and Scotland (SCO39426) HIS/0314

Japanese Knotweed

Japanese Knotweed Fallopia japonica is perennial and spreads through underground stems (rhizomes) and can regrow from small fragments even though it does not set seed. It is very invasive. Digging out is possible, but as rhizomes grow deeply, regrowth usually occurs which needs destroying. This method also creates problems over disposal as Japanese knotweed is classed as ‘controlled waste’ under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. This requires disposal at licensed landfill sites. Alternatively, it can be destroyed on site by cutting or digging it repeatedly and burning it when dry. In this way the energy reserves in the remaining underground parts will be gradually exhausted; a process which may, however, take several seasons. Similarly treatment with herbicides will require several repeated applications. On no account should Japanese knotweed be included with normal household waste or put out in green waste collection schemes.

Read the full notice here on the 9 other noxious plants to be aware of

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service: Have Your Say

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service really want to hear what you have to say about the proposed service options, so please use this opportunity to engage with them and have your views heard.

Please review the consultation document which provides more information about the proposed changes / options to the service.

Then please complete the questionnaire. The online consultation will be live until 22 September 2019.


Annual Parish Assembly 2019

AGENDA FOR THE ANNUAL PARISH ASSEMBLY TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY, 9 APRIL 2019 AT 7P.M. IN GEORGEHAM VILLAGE HALL.

  1. Apologies.
  2. Approval of the Minutes of the last Annual Parish Assembly held on 17/4/18.
  3. Matters Arising from the Minutes of the last Annual Parish Meeting.
  4. Items raised by the public.
  5. Presentation of Reports:
  • Police
  • County Councillor Mrs C Chugg
  • District Councillor Mrs P Barker
  • District Councillor M Wilkinson
  • Councillor J Symonds – Georgeham Parish Council
  • Georgeham Church of England Primary School Governing Body
  • Georgeham Church of England Primary School incorporating Stepping Stones Playgroup
  • Councillor M Harrison – Footpath Warden
  • Councillor R Tucker – Georgeham Relief in Need
  • Councillors Mrs V Meek – Neighbourhood Plan
  • Councillor Mrs T Luxton – Affordable Housing
  • Mrs S Hood – Community Lunches
  • Rose Roberts, Ruda Ranger
  • Mr P Watkins – Croyde Village Hall
  • Mr R Windsor – Croyde Surf Lifesaving Club
  • Miss I Jones – Georgeham Village Hall
  • Mrs J Doweswell – Georgeham Women’s Institute
  • Rev M Newbon – St George’s & St Mary’s Churches
  • Rev D Matthews – Croyde Baptist Church
  • Mrs A Bennett or Chairman – Croyde Area Residents Association
  • Mrs D Austen – Croyde Volleyball Club
  • Mr J Fairhurst – National Trust
  • Financial Report presented by the Clerk

Sue Squire, Parish Clerk
April 2019
sue@suesquire.com
01598 710526

Resources

2019 APA Agenda

Devon & Cornwall Police July 2018 Newsletter

Proposal to merge Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police

Please take the time to read the message below and involve yourselves in the survey, this is an opportunity for members of the public to have an input into the future shape of policing in our region.

The chief constables of Devon and Cornwall Police and Dorset Police have been progressing with the proposal to merge the 2 forces since the announcement was made last September.

Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez (Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly) and Martyn Underhill (Dorset) have launched a public survey to know what the public think of the plans for a merger of the 2 forces.

Full details and survey here: http://wwwfuturepolicing.co.uk/

In a joint statement Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer (Devon and Cornwall) and James Vaughan (Dorset) said “The merger is set in the context of an ever increasing local, national and international demand on policing which requires investment and new approaches. This in addition to the increasing financial challenges which the PCCs are actively seeking to address is amongst some of the arguments in favour of a merger.

We believe the proposed merger is also the right thing to do, not only for our communities but also in respect of the wider South West landscape and our workforce who are actively managing those increasing demands on a daily basis.

The survey is open until 27th August 2018

Click to view full Newsletter Here

Devon & Cornwall Police June 2018 Newsletter

HOT DOGS!!

One of the worst calls we have to attend during the good weather is to dogs in hot cars, already this year the fine weather has resulted in several calls of this nature. Please be aware that the temperatures in cars rises very quickly even when not in direct sunlight.

If you HAVE to leave your dog in the car make sure that there is water easily accessible for them to drink and plenty of ventilation ( windows down at least two inches ). If we attend a hot dog call, OUR actions are based on our perception of the level of distress the animal is in.

This can result in us deciding to break a window in order to remove the dog to safety, that’s not an easy decision to make and often leads to conflict with an irate dog/ car owner who’s opinion regarding the condition of their dog differs from ours.

Please don’t put us in that awful position, make sure your pet is safe.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL NEWSLETTER

First aid training for local businesses

First aid training for local businesses

Get ready for the Summer season! Every business needs a qualified first aider, regardless of size or risk. It promotes a healthy atmosphere in the workplace as well as reducing risk.

Georgeham Village Hall

An opportunity is coming up in Georgeham to send someone on an accredited course. On successful completion of our Emergency First Aid at Work course, the qualification will be valid for 3 years; that’s less than £20 per year to have a qualified first aider on your team! Call us now to book your place:

Saturday 24th March 10.00am – 4.30pm
Georgeham Village Hall, Hill Park EX33 1JL

Cost £50 per person which includes manual and qualification.
Email firstaidathand@aol.com or call 01271 326885 to book a place.

Emergency First Aid at Work course

We come to you! With a minimum of 4 participants we will come to you to deliver this training. Not only is this more cost effective for you per head but the training will be tailored specifically to your business needs and risk. Your company policies and procedures can also be incorporated into the training.

Tip! Join with a neighbouring business to increase numbers.

Two hour First Aid training workshops

Everyone needs to know a little First Aid. At First Aid at Hand we recognise that it is not possible for everyone to attend an accredited course so we also offer 2 hour sessions to workplaces, groups and clubs. For £100 up to 12 people can learn lifesaving skills. Public workshops also available.

Go to our Website or follow our Facebook page to find out more.

Contact us now to book and discuss your business needs.

Kind regards,
Lorraine Kamp and Chaz Luther-Frisby

First Aid at Hand
www.firstaidathand.com
07550 099426
01271 326885